My Visit to the Sensoji Budhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan

A souvenir photo in front of the Hōzōmon (Treasure House) Gate.

It was a Saturday, July 26, 2014, during the first weekly break of the 25-day 1st ICA/Japan Training Course for “Fostering Leaders to Reinforce Business Development of Agricultural Co-operatives in FY 2014″ which I attended at the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Cooperation in Asia (IDACA) in Machida City, Tokyo, Japan, that I experienced the first sightseeing trip on ... Read More »

The Crater Lake Apo I Mistook To Be Non Visit-Worthy

The alluring bamboo raft floating at Lake Apo.

During my series of visits to the picturesque Menzi Farms in Barangay Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon in the Philippines, my close friends Charlie Sagrado and Farm Manager Lumel Nunag kept on telling me about their trip to the relatively unknown crater lake dubbed Lake Apo in the City of Valencia of the same province. Enticed by their description of the ... Read More »

The Doll House Visit That Excited My Youngest Kid Most

Asha from India and Liliana from the Philippines.

Unknown to my fellow co-op leaders in Caraga Region, Philippines, the underlying reason why I insisted that the Federation Ownership Meeting be held at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines was to see for myself the kid friendly attractions found in the city, among them,  the International Doll House.  I decided to bring with me my head office managers and ... Read More »

The Air Travel That Almost Saw Me Kiss Death

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Boarding Gate No. 7 bearing our flight boarding details.

I have been logging thousands of air travel miles both in my domestic and international flights to and from my various travel destinations but never had I met a travel experience as life-threatening as my flight from Cebu City in the Visayas to Ozamiz City in Mindanao, Philippines. It was a gloomy Monday morning amid a long-running Low Pressure Area ... Read More »

Carmen Christmas Theme Park: One of the Most Visited Caraga Tourist Attractions

The right approach towards the Carmen Municipal Hall

Caraga Region in the Philippines hosts a number of natural tourist attractions considered as fantastic vacation destinations. From powdery-white sand beaches, world-class surfing waves, magnificent waterfalls, placid lakes, best island getaways... name them all and you can find it in this part of the country. However, unknown to many, there is an undertaking in the town of Carmen, Province of Agusan del Norte which just started as a local tradition to celebrate the yuletide season but turned out later into one of the most visited local attractions in the region. Read More »

Lost in the Stone Forest of Yunnan in China

A reclined victory sign at the zenith of the Major Stone Forest...

Among the number of things that I learned during my China travel was their reference to a lot of things as a forest. Hence, when they see so many pairs of shoes displayed in a store, they would exclaim… Oh! It’s a shoe forest. So, when the tour guide told us participants to the Asia-Pacific High Level Cooperative Leaders Round Table Discussion on Business Cooperation in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China that we will be visiting the Stone Forest, countless stones popped up in my mind. Read More »

Numerous Resorts To Enjoy In Gran Canaria

The alluring Playa del Ingles

Gran Canaria is one of the most popular of the Canary Islands, which together form a cluster of islands famed for their high tourist interest and beautiful holiday destinations. Gran Canaria on its own has many individual resorts that offer plenty of holiday opportunities for families, couples or groups. Being the third largest of the Canaries, it has a mixture ... Read More »

Hiking to Happiness in the Canary Islands

Hiking on the Canary Islands. Photo courtesy of Javiersanp

Whenever the summer season comes around, millions of men, women and children from all over the world start to daydream about their forthcoming vacations. For the majority of them, the break involves little more than a week or two of relaxation under a hot sun. This isn’t everyone’s idea of a good holiday, however, purely because some of us like to be a little more active, and like to explore our chosen destinations when we get the chance. Read More »